Catalyst Café



Cambridge, MA

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At the heart of Technology Square, you will find Chef William Kovel’s Catalyst restaurant where he has created a menu of high-end yet simple and casual cuisine. The space is well known for its event space used for wedding and business meals. Chef William wanted to create a European style café with the best coffee and fresh made, Chef-created sandwiches, soups, and salads but accessible in a fast-casual style. The Café pulls from the Catalyst with its use of natural materials like exposed concrete, metals and wood. Overhead is the iconic custom geometric light fixture that glows orange and whose shape is a play on the molecular structure of coffee.

"Talent, experience and reliability are always benchmarks of great design professionals. Justin brings that to the table and much, much more. In the time we worked together, his passion for the restaurant industry in general as well as every project he was involved on was both contagious and inspiring. His in-depth knowledge of process, code, permitting, and restaurant design contributed directly to the success of each project. Every issue that arose was handled with relentless enthusiasm and confidence, and the end results were always lauded by the key stakeholders within our organization. If you are thinking of building a restaurant and want a streamlined, painless process then give Justin a call. You will not be disappointed."

Chris Fontaine President & CEO at Commonwealth Builders, GC for Catalyst Café